Totalitarian Media Regime

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New York Times finds "emotional content"
Even Bellingcat can "accidentally" get banned on YouTube


December 2016


January 2018

  • The War on Dissent - CJ Hopkins, CounterPunch, January 26, 2018
    The message is, “try to fuck with us, and we will marginalize you, and demonize you, and demonetize you, and disappear you.”

October 2018

  • Leaked Google research shows company grappling with censorship and free speech - Nick Statt, The Verge, October 10, 2018
  • Google, The 'Good Censor' - The American Conservative, October 10, 2018
  • The Good Censor - GOOGLE LEAK | Censorship | Facebook - Scribd
  • No Google Isn't Trying To Censor The Web - Kalev Leetaru, Forbes, October 10, 2018
    The “leaked” presentation was quickly framed by some as a roadmap to censorship and that it demonstrated the company was examining how to suppress certain viewpoints or crack down on internet freedoms. Yet, a closer read of the presentation would suggest precisely the opposite: a company at the center of many of our debates about the future of the online world grappling with the existential question of the modern web: how to absolutely preserve freedom of speech, while at the same time preventing terrorists, criminals, repressive governments and trolls from turning this incredible force for good into a toxic and dangerous place that undermines democracy, advances terrorism, assists fraudsters and empowers hatred? How do we elevate the voices of the disenfranchised and give them a place at the table of global discourse, while not also awakening the trolls that seek to repress them? How do we empower the free expression of ideas and bring an incredibly diverse and divided world together, while embracing the differences that make us who we are? How do we reach across countries and cultures, across languages and landscapes, to have meaningful conversations about the future of our shared planet? Most importantly, how can technology play a positive role in helping facilitate the good, empowering civil discourse, while discouraging the bad, from terrorist recruiting to fraud to toxic speech and trolling?


May 2019

June 2019

July 2019

August 2019

Smear campaigns

See also April 2018 attack on dissent



See also Cambridge Analytica#SCL
  • Questions and Answers about the East StratCom Task Force -EU, May 12, 2018
    The Task Force works within the existing budget for EU Strategic Communication. In addition, the Task Force was granted €1.1 million in 2018 for its work to address Russia’s disinformation. In 2019, the budget increases to €3 million. From January 2019, the budget is being directed to ensure professional media monitoring, disinformation analysis and data analysis.
  • "EUvsDisinfo"; sample media product: "debunking" of Chemical weapons - a false pretext to attack Assad since the very beginning.